Step 1: Stripping the paint…
The first thing you need to do when refinishing a piece of furniture is strip off as much of the old paint/stain as possible using a paint stripper. The less paint on a piece, the easier it is to sand. I used Klean Strip because I had some in the garage from previous projects, but readers have suggested this Citristrip Product which is suppose to be less harsh smelling and a little safer to use. Anyway, to use any paint stripper you need to apply a thick coat of it with a paint brush, wait a few minutes, then scrape it off. Sometimes you need to repeat this step several times. Please discard the paint into a tin can and please be sure you wear safety googles and gloves.
I was working outside by my pool and it was extremely hot and humid and the stripper was drying way too quickly. Therefore, I ended up stripping as much stain off as I could and then moving on to Step 2. Normally I would try this step a few times but figured I could move on and then go back to using the stripper if sanding wasn’t going well.
Once you are done stripping the paint off, you need to apply some Paint Stripper After Wash. I used Klean-Strip After Wash. This product essentially removes any paint residue left from the stripping process. To use, follow the instructions on the back of the can and again make sure you wear gloves and safety googles. Basically the can will tell you to pour some onto a rag and wipe down the piece of furniture making sure to get rid of any residue.